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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Relevance, and a cloud of dust

Posted By on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 7:39 AM

In order for a dance company to keep moving forward after 30 years, it has to balance tromping on the accelerator with checking its mirrors. Urban Bush Women, opening its 30th season with Duke Performances at Reynolds Industries Theater Friday night, might not be hurtling into new territory anymore, but it keeps its mission of racial and gender activism, as well as its straightforward storytelling method, firmly in view in its rear-view mirror. And, after a two-week residency at Duke, this might be more important. Courtesy of Urban Bush WomenUrban Bush Women perform at Duke's Reynolds Industries Theater, Feb. 7...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ADF 2012: Ragamala Dance's intense, hypnotic ritual

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Photo courtesy of Ragamala DanceSacred EarthRAGAMALA DANCEAmerican Dance Festival@Reynolds Industries TheaterThrough July 12 I just saw something beautiful, although I had to forget myself to see it. Ragamala Dance, a company of six women under the artistic direction of mother-daughter team Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, opened a three-night run of their evening-length work Sacred Earth at the American Dance Festival in Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater. Thematically, Ragamala portrays man’s inextricable connection to nature through a rich combination of traditions such as Indian classical dance and music, Tamil Sangam poetry, Warli mural painting and Kolam floor painting. OK. That’s the straight...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Exclusive ADF video preview: MARTHA CLARKE's ETUDES FOR ITALY

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of ETUDES FOR ITALY by MARTHA CLARKE at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The work is part of ADF's PAST/FORWARD concert, in Reynolds Theater through Wednesday, July 20....

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Exclusive video preview: BULAREYAUNG PAGARLAVA's LANDSCAPES 2011 ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of LANDSCAPES 2011 ADF by BULAREYAUNG PAGARLAVA at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The work is part of the ADF's PAST/FORWARD concert, in Reynolds Theater through Wednesday, July 20....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Video preview: Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Video footage from the world premiere of Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Herrera's company performs DINING ALONE and PITY PARTY through June 29 at Reynolds Theater....

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Urban Bush Women at Duke

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM

The Nov. 12 performance by Urban Bush Women at Duke’s Reynolds Theater began with a lone dancer, her arms and shoulders rippling with muscles, standing under a misty spotlight as someone offstage read the names of African-American leaders and activists from Sojourner Truth to Malcolm X. It set the tone for the evening. Though Urban Bush Women performances are ostensibly a form of modern dance, they’re more Toni Morrison than Martha Graham. The troupe’s six dancers avoid nearly any hint of classical ballet forms, focusing on athletic, dramatic stomps, slaps and chest bumps. Troupe founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo...

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Waiting it out: Putting a fine point on Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Indy freelancer Sam Wardle attended opening night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Waiting for Godot. Here's his report. Waiting for Godot Performed by The Classical Theatre of Harlem
 Duke Campus: Reynolds Industries Theater
 Friday, Oct 23 "Why people have to complicate a thing so simple, I can't make out," playwright Samuel Beckett quipped more than 50 years ago about his masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Oddly enough, I was left wondering, after watching the Classical Theatre of Harlem's retelling of the play as a Hurricane Katrina morality tale, if this new interpretation didn't go too far in...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Past/Forward at 2009 ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Footage of the 2009 American Dance Festival program Past/Forward with performances of Faye Driscoll's There's So Much Mad in Me and Laura Dean's Infinity, as reconstructed by Rodger Belman. The piece Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret by Rosie Herrera is not shown here, but will also be performed. Produced by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Slideshow Preview for Doug Elkins and Friends: Fraülein Maria

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Images of Doug Elkins and Friends performing Fraülein Maria at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Commentary and production by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald. Frequent Indy contributor Kate Dobbs Ariail saw the show Monday night and just published this review at cvnc.org. ...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Slideshow Preview for H. Art Chaos: Flowers of the Bones and The Rite of Spring at ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Images of the world premiere of Flowers of the Bones and a performance of The Rite of Spring by H. Art Chaos at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Commentary by Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald. Produced by Byron Woods. ...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Previewing Emanuel Gat's Winter Variations at ADF

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Exclusive photo call footage of Emanuel Gat's Winter Variations at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Dancers: Emanuel Gat and Roy Assaf. Commentary: Dance critic and correspondent Byron Woods. Produced by: Belem Destefani and Sarah Ewald....

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